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Dear Miss Chandler, I am beginning to be [——–] of my New Years'Gifts, the chief of which is seeing yourself with a day or two, if that may be, for Conversation. Now it need not arrive on that particular day in our Calendar, but at such time as may suit your convenience. May- who is now our housekeeper- [page break] wished it may happen soon after the holidays. So I write to learn when you will oblige us, and the matter can be arraigned with you. Can you come? If your engagements occupy other days, and you have a Sunday at your disposal, come on that day. You can leave here in time on Monday morning to reach Boston by 9 and should Louisa happen to be with us then, she will accompany you. [page break] She tells me she sees you sometimes at the Atheneum, and has had the pleasure of a call or two at her room opposite. Now blush prettily when I tell you that she thinks you [underline] one of the few sensible young women who have a purpose and live deeper than appearances.[/underline]. Did you never suspect that I thought so? Come and tell me about your studies and teaching. And perhaps you will indulge me in some readings of [M.S.-?] in which I am now interested.- and let [page break] let me hope a bright day to my [underline] Concord Days.[/underline] I am spending this winter In my study and shall enjoy an interview very much. It seems as if there were things to be spoken good to hear and speak under such home attractions. Affectionately Yours, A. Bronson Alcott